Aerobics For Your Brain




(1) There's one sport in which neither the spectators nor the participants know the score or the leader until the contestants do. What is it?

(1) Boxing.

(2) What famous North American landmark is constantly moving backward?

(2) Niagara Falls. The rim is worn down about 2 and a half feet each year because of the millions of gallons of water that rush over it every minute.

(3) Of all vegetables, only two can live to produce on their own for several growing seasons. All other vegetables must be replanted every year. What are the only two perennial vegetables?

(3) Asparagus and rhubarb.

(4) At noon and midnight the hour and minute hands are exactly coincident with each other. How many other times between noon and midnight do the hour and minute hands cross?

(4) Ten times (not eleven, as most people seem to think).

(5) What is the only sport in which the ball is always in the possession of the team on defense, and the offensive team can score without touching the ball?

(5) Baseball.

(6) What fruit has its seeds on the outside?

(6) Strawberry.

(7) In many liquor stores, you can buy pear brandy, with a real pear inside the bottle. The pear is whole and ripe, and the bottle is genuine; it hasn't been cut in any way. How did the pear get inside the bottle?

(7) The pear grew inside the bottle. The bottles are placed over pear buds when they are small, and are wired in place on the tree. The bottle is left in place for the whole growing season. When the pears are ripe, they are snipped off at the stems.

(8) Only three words in standard English begin with the letters "dw". They are all common. Name two of them.

(8) Dwarf, dwell, and dwindle.

(9) There are fourteen punctuation marks in English grammar. Can you name half of them?

(9) Period, comma, colon, semicolon, dash, hyphen, apostrophe, question mark, exclamation point, quotation marks, brackets, parenthesis, braces, and ellipses.

(10) Where are the lakes that are referred to in the "Los Angeles Lakers"?

(10) In Minnesota. The team was originally known as the Minneapolis Lakers, and kept the name when they moved west.

(11) There are seven ways a baseball player can legally reach first base without getting a hit. Taking a base on balls - a walk - is one way. Name the other six.

(11) Batter hit by a pitch; passed ball; catcher interference; catcher drops third strike; fielder's choice; and being designated as a pinch runner.

(12) It's the only vegetable or fruit that is never sold frozen, canned, processed, cooked, or in any other form but fresh. What is it?

(12) Lettuce.

(13) How is it possible for a pitcher to make four or more strikeouts in one inning?

(13) If the catcher drops a called third strike, and doesn't throw the batter out at first base, the runner is safe.

(14) Name six or more things that you can wear on your feet, that begin with the letter "s".

(14) Shoes, socks, sandals, sneakers, slippers, skis, snowshoes, stockings, and so on.

(15) How can you arrange for two people to stand on the same piece of newspaper and yet be unable to touch each other without stepping off the newspaper.

(15) Slide the newspaper half way under a closed door and ask the two people to stand on the bit of newspaper on their side of the door.

(16) How many 3-cent stamps are there in a dozen?

(16) There are twelve (not four).

(17) A rope ladder hangs over the side of a ship. The rungs are one foot apart and the ladder is 12 feet long. The tide is rising at four inches an hour. How long will it take before the first four rungs of the ladder are underwater?

(17) Actually, the ladder will rise with the ship!

(18) Which would you rather have, a gallon jar full of nickels or a gallon jar half full of dimes?

(18) Dimes are smaller than nickels, so choose the dimes!

(19) Steve has three piles of sand and Mike has four piles of sand. All together, how many do they have?

(19) When they put them all together, there will be one pile.

(20) In which sport are the shoes made entirely of metal?

(20) Horse racing.

(21) If the Vice-President of the United States should die, who would be President?

(21) The President.

(22) How can you throw a golf ball with all your might and -- without hitting a wall or any other obstruction -- have the ball stop and come right back to you?

(22) Throw the ball straight up.

(23) According to most state laws, the attempt to commit a certain crime is punishable, but actually committing the crime is not. What is the crime?

(23) Suicide.

(24) Find the English word that can be formed from all these letters:


(24) Sleeplessness.

(25) How many times can you subtract 2 from the number 9?

(25) Just once. Then you'd be subtracting 2 from the number 7, then 2 from the number 5, and so forth.

(26) If you take two apples from three apples, how many apples will you have?

(26) You will have two apples.

(27) If you are standing on a hard floor, how can you drop an egg three feet without breaking the egg?

(27) Hold the egg more than three feet above the ground when you drop it.

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